How to make: Crispy pork crackling #lchf #paleo

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Need to add some crunch to your life? This Crispy Pork Crackling recipe is a crackle. 😛

It’s easier than you imagine, you only need a good oven and some time. Just remember that despite beeing a natural source of fat, it’s still very fatty and should be eaten in moderation.

I like to use a few grams to garnish soup or tacos. Just enough to give me that good crunchy feeling. 🙂

Ingredients
  • 400g of pork rind (you can use a pork belly taking off the meat part)
  • Olive oil enough to brush
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • A fan-forced oven
Directions
  1. First pat dry the entire piece of pork using paper towels, then store it uncovered in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Now, preheat oven to 200C (392F).
  3. Place your dry and refrigerated pork rind in a baking sheet (you can also use a wire rack, in case you have one), and brush olive oil over it, just enough to cover the whole piece.
  4. Season it with salt and pepper. You can be generous here. 🙂
  5. Pop it in the oven (it MUST be very hot) and roast it for 15 min.
  6. After that, adjust the oven temperature down to 160C (320F) and roast for more 45 minutes or until small blisters form on the surface and the rind is golden and crispy.
  7. It’s done! Take it out of the oven and let it cool down for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy that feeling only a good crackle can give to you. Ah! Drain the rendered fat, pour in a sealed jar and store in the fridge to use as cooking lard. 🙂

Out there: Henley’s Wholefoods | Bondi Junction

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Henley's Wholefoods entrance
Henley’s Wholefoods entrance

While cycling at the Centennial Park another Sunday, that morning hungry feeling decided to say hi to my husband and me. It wasn’t the polite type that calmly talks to you, but that one that shouts loud at the back of your stomach!

So, I remembered a place I’d heard about recently: Henley’s Wholefoods Café in Bondi Junction, and I thought: “Why not give these guys a try today?

The place was empty when we got there (before 8am), what made very easy for us to get a table and have our food quickly served :). To start, we ordered:

  • Two flat whites with coconut milk;
  • An extremely moist coconut and chocolate gluten free muffin (no refined sugar too).
Flat white with coconut milk.
Flat white with coconut milk.
Coconut and chocolate gluten-free muffin
Coconut and chocolate gluten-free muffin | Look how moist this is. YUM!

After this morning entrée, we ordered more things to share:

  • A slice of pumpkin & hazelnut meal loaf (gluten and refined sugar free).
  • Farmers Feast: two lamb sausages, two poached eggs, two rosemary sweet potato rostis, wilted spinach with one whole roasted truss tomato.
Pumpkin & hazelnut meal loaf.
Pumpkin & hazelnut meal loaf.
Farmers Feast
Farmers Feast

The pumpkin & hazelnut meal loaf was very good, moist and delicious. About the Farmers Feast dish, everything was ultra yummy, very well seasoned and tasty. However, the sweet potato rostis could be improved. It didn’t match my expectations; the consistency was more like a sweet potato cake than a rosti, without any crunchy feeling. The taste wasn’t bad, just wasn’t a rosti, what made me miss that crunchy feeling I was looking for when I pictured this plate in my mind before ordering it.

Anyways, it worth a try. There are plenty paleo-ish options in their menu. Also, they have a great variety of gluten free and refined sugar free treats at the counter. Almond and soy milk are available as well, but I would recommend you going with the coconut milk for your coffee, much more yummy! 😛

Henley’s Wholefoods – 9/310-330 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction – Sydney
Check their website for other locations: www.henleyswholefoods.com.au

How to make: Cauliflower rice #lowcarb #paleo

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I love to make this Cauliflower Rice as a side for many dishes that traditionally I would have with regular rice. Curries, Beef Stroganoff, Risotto, Asian style stir-fried rice… The list is long.

It’s very low carb, tasty and good for you! So, if you are missing some rice, give this recipe a try. You won’t regret. 🙂

Ingredients
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Chopped onion
  • ½ cup of water
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Wash the cauliflower and chop into small pieces. You can use a food processor to make things quicker.
  2. In a pan heat the olive oil and add the chopped onion. Sautè them until tender.
  3. Add the chopped cauliflower, water, and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
  5. You can serve it with anything you like, here we stir fried it with eggs. YUMMY! 🙂

How to make: Simple flat bread #lowcarb #glutenfree

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Missing bread for breakfast but not in the mood to bake a whole loaf? This Simple Flat Bread is perfect for you!

It’s an individual serving, very low carb and awesome for sandwiches or simply to have with some butter in the morning. I normally make it as a quick breakfast option, but you can also use it to create beautiful sandwiches to have along the day.

Ingredients
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of almond flour (or 1 tablespoon of coconut flour)
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of pure cream (or unsweetened yogurt)
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • Salt to taste
Directions
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and set it aside.
  2. Put a fry pan to warm up at low heat. If you don’t have a non-stick fry pan, I suggest you to grease it a little with coconut oil.
  3. Pour the mixture and let it cook until the bottom part gets brown. Flip to the other side and repeat the process. It’s the same idea of making pancakes!
  4. It’s ready! This recipe gives you one flat bread. You can have it with anything you like. Cut it in half in order to make a beautiful sandwich.

Out there: Sabbaba | Bondi Beach

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Sabbaba Restaurant - Bondi Beach
Sabbaba Restaurant – Bondi Beach

I don’t follow any specific diet, my only rule is to eat only what makes me feel good and healthier – real food. That’s why I avoid some types of food, but this is definitely doesn’t serve as an excuse to not eat out. I love a good restaurant and the opportunity to try new dishes.

What I do while eating out is simple: pick an option that is as much real food as possible.

This time, the chosen one for a restaurant review was: Sabbaba. I personally LOVE the middle eastern cuisine, and at Sabbaba is very easy to get a nice plate with a little bit of everything I like. :).

The restaurant menu is very straightforward. There you can choose between:

  • Pita bread sandwich (there is a wholemeal version available as well) served with a variety of salads and dips or;
  • A bowl or a (big) plate with the same variety of options served in the pita bread;
  • Finally, for any of the options above, you can pick your favourite protein (including a vegetarian option with halloumi cheese).

This day, I decided to have the big plate, while my husband got a wholemeal Pita Sandwich.

Sabbaba plate option.
Sabbaba plate option.

On my plate I had:

  • Chicken shawarma;
  • Greens (the regular version comes with Tabouli, so I asked to replace it).
  • Cabbage salad;
  • Pickles;
  • Baba ghanoush;
  • Hummus (some chickpeas to garnish);
  • Tahini dressing and Salsa.

They are very understanding when you ask to replace items. Also, this plate originally comes with some pita bread as a side, which my husband was extremely happy to have. If you don’t want it, simply say the word and they’ll not include it.

Sabbaba Pita Sandwich
Sabbaba Pita Sandwich

The other option (ordered by my husband) was the Pita Bread Sandwich in a wholemeal version. You can choose between many of the filling options available or pick one of their suggestions. He had:

  • Halloumi cheese;
  • Tabouli;
  • Cabbage salad;
  • Pickles;
  • Babaganush;
  • Hommus;
  • Tahini dressing and Salsa.

No dessert for us that day. There are traditional middle eastern options available. However, none of them are gluten or sugar free. They have vegan options though.

Ah, and if you don’t have any grains restriction (and are OK with some deep fried food), they are very famous for the Falafels. 🙂

Sabbaba – 82 Hall St, Bondi Beach – Sydney
Check their website for other locations: www.sabbaba.com.au